Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

Addictive Diseases Services

Alcohol and drug addiction is a disease, which is progressive and ultimately fatal if left untreated. It is extremely destructive to individuals, causing problems in all areas of life; therefore, treatment must address the client’s biological, mental, social, and spiritual needs. The Advantage program emphasizes reduction in use and abuse of substances and/or continued abstinence; the negative consequences of substance abuse; development of social support networks and necessary lifestyle changes; work activity; social and interpersonal skills; improved family functioning; understanding of addictive diseases; and continued commitment to recovery maintenance.

Many people understand that addiction is a disease, which is progressive and ultimately fatal if left untreated. It is extremely destructive to individuals and loved ones, causing problems in all areas of life. The Advantage model of treatment emphasizes wellness, including reduction in substance use and/or abstinence, and provides education on the disease of addiction. Entering inpatient or outpatient treatment allows individuals to address their biological, mental, social, and spiritual needs. Group services or individual counseling will explore the consequences of substance abuse and necessary lifestyle changes needed to achieve long-term recovery. Focus will also be put toward the development of recovery support networks, examining work and leisure activities, gaining social and interpersonal skills, improving family functioning, education on the addicted brain and on multiple pathways to recovery, and recovery management.

Inpatient Treatment Programs

Classic City Recovery ITP
199 Miles Street
Athens, GA 30601

Advantage Classic City Recovery is a licensed residential treatment program that serves both men and women. The program works with those who have experienced substance use as a barrier to a sober lifestyle and need comprehensive services to aid in the development of daily living skills, which enable the men and women served to manage symptoms and regain functioning lost due to substance use. Services are delivered to individuals based on their specific needs. Individual and group counseling is utilized to address issues of substance abuse and to educate on ongoing recovery management. Individual and group activities and programming consist of services to restore and develop skills in functional areas which interfere with men and women’s ability to live in the community and to build social relationships to support a substance free lifestyle.

In addition to treatment services, those who enter the Advantage Classic City Recovery treatment program are supported with Addictive Diseases Support services that include assistance to the person and other identified recovery partners, recovery management planning and individualized interventions through phases of recovery.

The target population for the residential services is adult men and women, age 18 and older who reside in the State of Georgia. Those who meet the DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorder are candidates for residential services. Individual exhibits a pattern of severe substance use/dependency as evidenced by significant impairment in social, family, scholastic, or occupational functioning. Referrals are accepted from DFCS, Probation, Parole, Treatment Courts, and Community Agencies, etc. Admission is based on availability with pregnant women and IV users as priorities.

The program’s average length of stay is 6 weeks. Upon completion of treatment goals an anticipated commencement date will be provided. It is imperative that residents who commence from residential services remain connected to treatment and recovery services in the community they are transitioning back into.

We are an ASAM Level 3.5 facility. A verified substance abuse diagnosis is required. A substance abuse diagnosis must be from a psychiatrist, licensed professional counselor, LCSW, or a nurse practitioner. Other admission requirements include results of a completed TB skin test and a RPR blood test. A negative COVID-19 test result is needed prior to admission in the program. The test must be within 14 days. A completed referral application is needed as well. The program does not accept insurance. If the applicant has insurance, a written letter from the insurance company is needed stating that they will not pay for the substance abuse program. Once all documents are received, the application is reviewed. If the individual meets criteria for the program, they will be scheduled for an admission date.

Advantage – SA Residential (Classic City Recovery): 199 Miles St., Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706-354-3970 Fax: 706-850-3678 Email:

Women’s Services
250 Bray Street
Athens, Georgia 30601

Women’s Treatment and Recovery Support (WTRS) is a licensed gender specific residential treatment program serving women who have experienced addiction and need comprehensive services to aid in the development of daily living skills, which enable women served to manage symptoms and regain functioning. Women’s Services works in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Drug Court, Probation and Parole, Family Treatment Court, the Judicial System, and individual families to assist women, 18 years of age and older, who are currently on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); are TANF eligible; or are in the process of family reunification. The TANF mission is to provide treatment to women who are most likely to move into the workforce successfully and eliminate substance abuse as a barrier to gainful employment.

The WTRS residential program is available to women and their children, from infancy to 13 years of age, who need a safe living environment to manage their recovery. Women seeking reunification with their children are helped towards custody arrangements and may be awarded the option of having their children placed in the WTRS residence with the mother while completing treatment. Women’s Services partners with DFCS to evaluate how to best serve the needs of the children involved. Visitation arrangements are made through Therapeutic Child Care services (TCC) based on each resident’s progress. In addition to substance abuse treatment, TCC parenting groups are provided within our on-site therapeutic childcare facility. Nine beds funded by TANF are available, with an additional bed for non-TANF qualified women. Five more beds are funded by SSBG, for a total of 15 beds.

The program and treatment are designed for women who meet the criteria for ASAM Levels 3.1 – 3.3. Treatment groups run 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) for 5 hours a day (mornings 8:00 -11:30 and afternoons 1:00 – 2:30). After group, residents make time for self-care, independent study, practicing daily living skills and applying lessons learned in groups and counseling services. Length of stay is typically 6 months to ensure that the participant has a robust toolkit to take on independent living.

A verified substance abuse diagnosis is required. A substance abuse diagnosis must be from a psychiatrist, licensed professional counselor, LCSW, or a nurse practitioner. Other admission requirements include results of a completed TB skin test and a RPR blood test.

WTRS utilizes evidence-based practices including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-Step Recovery, wellness education and activities, exercise, healthy lifestyle training, and recovery management education. Structured therapeutic services include process and education groups, family education groups, individualized interventions through phases of recovery, and aftercare groups.

Women’s Transitional Housing Program
The WTRS Transitional Housing Program provides a safe, stable, substance free residence with utilities (power and water) included for no more than 6 months to any woman or woman with children between birth and 18 years old (13+ requires additional approval) who has successfully completed all recommended treatment/recovery services from WTRS residential program or an ASAM level 2 program. Admission Criteria for the Transitional Housing Program, in addition to completing recovery services from WTRS or other ASAM level 2 programs, requires evidence of needing a place of residence and being able to live in a community environment without assistance of direct care staff. The program’s average length of stay is 3 to 6 months and is based on availability.

Our Mission Statement:
“To help women enter into and maintain recovery; a process of change through which they improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, strive to reach their full potential, and move from fear to hope.”

Requirements to participate:

  • Legal system notification (if applicable)
  • Agreement to abide by policies and procedures for the program (written consent required via signature)
  • Agreement to abide by goal setting and Individual Treatment Plan, including adherence to prescribed medication
  • Ability to provide food and household supplies/childcare/transportation for you and your family
  • Employment

Men’s Transitional Housing: Refresh

What is Refresh?
Refresh Men’s Transitional Living and Aftercare Program is a program that provides a safe, stable, substance free residence with power and water included for no more than 12 months to any male or person who identifies as male over 18 years old. The goal of the program is to assist in increasing recovery capital. Refresh is about building recovery capital to overcome addiction.

How do I qualify?
To qualify, applicants must complete the Refresh application and Brief Assessment of Recovery Capital (BARC -10) and demonstrate evidence of needing assistance to rebuild Recovery Capital.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed all recommended treatment/recovery services from an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or (ITP) program.
  • Applicants may also be referred by Advantage Behavioral Health Systems’ opioid treatment program PROUD, who have participated for 120 days.
  • Applicants must be able to live independently with others taking care of all activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, and mobility.

What is Recovery Capital?
According to author and researcher William White, the concept of recovery capital was introduced by Robert Granfield and William Cloud in a series of articles and their book, Coming Clean: Overcoming Addiction without Treatment. Granfield and Cloud define recovery as the volume of internal and external assets to initiate and sustain recovery from severe alcohol or other drug problems. White states, “Recovery capital is conceptually linked to natural recovery, solution-focused therapy, strengths-based case management, recovery management, resilience and protective factors, and the ideas of hardiness, wellness, and global health.”

There is an added functionality to this concept, however. The resources, or capital, a person needs depend heavily on the severity of a person’s substance use disorder and the resources they already have available. For a person with severe substance use disorder but little recovery capital, they are more likely to benefit from professional treatment and post-treatment support services. However, a person with moderate or severe substance use disorder and high recovery capital may require fewer resources to find and maintain recovery.

In other words, recovery capital is the total resources that a person has available to initiate and sustain their recovery.

Recovery Capital is not a fixed value, it diminishes during active addiction and increases during sustained recovery. Recovery Capital may be grouped in four categories – Internal: human and physical; and External: social and cultural.

Human and Physical – includes housing, employment, nutrition, education, personal resources, mental, spiritual and emotional health, knowledge, coping, well-being, mindfulness, physical fitness, financial responsibility.

Social and Cultural – encompasses community attitudes and recovery supports; policy maker knowledge and policies and resources related to recovery; active efforts to reduce stigma; visible and diverse recovery role models, accessible sources of sustained recovery supports, recovery peer resources and early intervention; beliefs, sense of personal choice, social integration, connection to purpose; availability of multiple pathways to recovery, community assets, recovery-focused systems of care.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Active in Recovery (AIR)
240 Mitchell Bridge Road
Athens, GA 30606

The Active in Recovery (AIR) Program provides recovery-focused and individualized treatment and support services to people entering recovery or maintaining recovery from addiction and co-occurring life issues. The foundation of this program is the relationship with and collaboration between the participant and the treatment team, including key external advocates and support from family and community.

Program philosophy
The substance abuse treatment philosophy of AIR Treatment Program is based on the American Medical Association’s definition of addiction: a chronic, progressive, primary illness affecting the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of the individual and family. Built on the experience of a holistic approach, our services ensure that participants receive high quality, professional substance abuse and mental health counseling services consistent with recovery-based principles. Furthermore, we recognize individuals and meet them where they are. At AIR, we engage with a collaborative approach that incorporates our knowledge and your wisdom from lived experience to address your addiction, barriers to recovery, and any identified root causes of your disease. Our integrated treatment approach can help you discover the path to a sustainable, long-term recovery.

While participating in AIR, individuals will receive an array of services aimed at supporting them on their recovery journey. The primary method of treatment is group treatment, as research shows this is the most effective form of treatment for those recovering from a substance abuse disorder. Additionally, other services participants may receive include, but not limited to:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Psychiatric/Nursing Services
  • Addictive Disease Support Services (ADSS)
  • Group Training/ Group Counseling

AIR is a 6-month program, divided into three phases to assist participants to learn and progress in their recovery. As individuals demonstrate knowledge and application of learned recovery skills and recovery management, they will move up to the next sequential phase. This will allow AIR members to engage in school or work while still benefiting from ongoing treatment.

Levels of care:

Phase 1: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Consists of 10 hours of services per week. Groups, bi-weekly individual counseling and addictive disease support services. (ASAM 2.1)

Phase 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays Consists of 6 hours of services per week. Groups, bi-weekly individual counseling and addictive disease support services. (ASAM 1.0)

Phase 3: Mondays & Fridays Consists of 5 hours of services per week. Groups, bi-weekly individual counseling and addictive disease support services. (ASAM 1.0)

Aftercare: Wednesdays Weekly 1-2 hour(s) peer group on Wednesdays.

Peers in Recovery from Opioid Use and Dependency (PROUD)
240 Mitchell Bridge Road
Athens, Georgia 30606
1 (888) 749-3806

PROUD is a non-intensive outpatient, peer-led, opioid specific program that focuses on the importance of connection as the solution to addiction. Recovery is a very personal journey. The mission of the PROUD Program is to connect any person with an opioid use disorder diagnosis to the best care possible to achieve recovery and wellness, and to provide ongoing supports including medication assisted treatment where appropriate. The goal is to help the individual meet as many of their identified needs as possible, and to help them stabilize as they build recovery capital. PROUD will seek to create a connection with the person and any identified natural supports to effectively assist with detox and stabilization services, residential treatment services, outpatient substance use services, individual counseling and groups, and linkage within the community at large, in an effort to meet the person’s recovery goals.

PROUD is not an ASAM level of care, but rather a system of care designed to work alongside other behavioral health programs as a comprehensive component for person-centered care.

PROUD’s Operating Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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